What is the potential for productive partnerships between China, a powerful country of 1.4 billion aging, increasingly affluent consumers, and the countries of Africa, an entire continent whose billion-plus population is notably young, poor and expected to double by 2050? How can we make sense of China’s current record of infrastructure lending in Africa or the recent uptick in China-Africa trade or the fact that the top mobile phone seller in Africa is a Chinese company we’ve never heard of? To provide some answers, China in Africa (BLHS 403) will explore the on-the-ground realities of China’s increasingly complex engagement with African countries in aid, trade, investment, agribusiness, and technology transfer. It will look at China’s Africa policy as a work in progress, evolving over several decades as China’s economic success sparked Africans’ interest in China as a possible growth model and source of outside finance. It will use country-specific case studies to illustrate the diversity of the Africa response to China: how such factors as local African governance systems, socioeconomic conditions, and negotiating skills have affected the outcomes of Chinese-financed projects. While the China-Africa story is the main event, the course will also assess competing or complementary activities of U.S., European, and Japanese investors and the work of multilateral assistance agencies. Overall, “China in Africa” aims to encourage a data-based assessment at the past and future of China-Africa partnership, a key piece in the globally-connected puzzle that represents our future.
Note: This course fulfills either a Social Science Core Area requirement, an IR concentration regional requirement or a B/E concentration elective.
Students will experiment with design thinking tools and mindsets to gain new perspectives and problem solving skills to use in careers as entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, or whatever path they choose. This course focuses on learning-by-doing in an interactive, team-based, and reflective way.
Note: This course counts for a Writing Core Area requirement or a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective.
This course offers a selective introduction to the study of philosophy through the critical examination of ethical issues arising within situations calling for responsible leadership. We will apply theoretical principles to selected case studies from professional life, carrying out careful analysis of problems concerning right and wrong surrounding finance, accounting, and investment, marketing and advertising, corporate governance, international human rights, data science, global business, distributive and social justice, environmental policy, and national and global democratic citizenship.
Note: This course fulfills either a Philosophy Core Area requirement or a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration requirement.
A survey of the development of medical knowledge and practice from ancient time down through modern times. Special attention is given to understanding these developments and advances in the context of the cultures and the historical and societal circumstances in which they occurred. This course requires no previous knowledge of medicine.
Note: This course fulfills either a Natural Science Core Area requirement or an International Relations concentration elective.
This course provides students with a basic framework for understanding the nature of contemporary international relations. The first part covers the intellectual traditions and classical theories used for examining the international system (realism, liberalism, radicalism, behavioralism). The second part looks at enduring issues in global security; great power competition, globalization, the problem of war, terrorism, and the emerging crises of environmental change and natural resource depletion. Throughout the course, we will take time to discuss the ethical dilemmas we confront when theory meets real world developments. Upon completion, students should be able to identify key concepts, actors, and issues in the modern interstate system and be prepared for advanced coursework in the field of international relations.
Note: This course meets either a Social Sciences Core Area requirement or an International Relations concentration requirement.
Let Them Eat Culture: The History and Politics of Food
Note: This course meets either a Humanities or Culture Core Area requirement. *Additional time added to account for the three Monday University summer holidays (Memorial Day, 5/30; Juneteenth, 6/20; July 4th, 7/4).
Here is a stunning fact: the world can be understood mathematically. This fact underlies our success in science, computers, and even our private every-day reasoning processes. But how is this so? Why is mathematical thinking so astonishingly useful to help us understand the world around us? In this course, we examine the conceptual foundations of mathematics. No prior mathematical knowledge is required for this course. This is not a course about doing calculations. It is about abstract structures, and how we use such structure in our thinking. Throughout the course, we will ask the following questions. How do we organize things into collections, and networks? Does "+" (adding) mean what you think it means? Are there numbers that can't be enumerated (even by God), and if so, how do we even know about such spooky numbers? How do computers work, and how could it possibly all boil down to just ones and zeros? Are there math problems that can't be solved (even with an infinitely powerful computer)? And how do we even know how to figure out the answer to that? Finally, how do computer simulated neural networks "learn," and how much is it like human learning?
Note: This course counts as a Philosophy or Natural Sciences Core Area requirement.
This course is an introduction to economic concepts and basic economic theory. It will introduce you to the terminology and methodology of the economist. The course is split between the study of microeconomics, which focuses on the decision making of individual consumers and firms, and macroeconomics, which focuses on aggregate level economic questions such as interest rates, government spending, among others. In this course, you will use economic tools to analyze and evaluate consumer behavior, producer behavior as well as government behavior. Government behavior includes creating public policies and addressing poverty and welfare questions.
Note: Required Business and Entrepreneurship concentration course.